At the height of the standing rock demonstrations in October 2016, North Dakota state and local law enforcement indefinitely closed the primary road connecting the standing rock reservation to the main public sites in contention. The nine-mile road closure, which lasted five months, prevented access to these sites limiting residents' right to assemble, pray, express themselves, and freely travel.
In October 2018, a lawsuit was filed by affected residents.
Join plaintiffs, activists, and lawyers on November 19 to discuss this important and current case.
The current administration has frozen climate action at the federal level. How can climate and energy politics get through this impasse and toward the acceleration of decarbonization? Two broad camps have emerged, particularly among young advocates: activists and pragmatists. Climate activism focuses on movements like divestment, #ExxonKnew, and the People’s Climate Marches. Climate pragmatism focuses on decarbonization outside of federal mandates, such as state and local efforts, innovation, and clean energy deployment. This panel asks: is the failure to act on climate change a political or economic problem? “Both” isn’t an answer. If climate activists got the political support they wanted, could they achieve deep decarbonization with the current technologies? On the other hand, if the pace of clean energy innovation accelerated with sustained federal opposition to climate action, could the pragmatic plan achieve deep decarbonization?
Uprising 13/13: 13 Forms of Uprising/13 Seminars organized by Bernard Harcourt of Columbia University explores various modalities of uprising, disobedience, inservitude, revolt, or other forms of political contestation. Uprising 12/13: Standing Ground focused on Indigenous politics at Standing Rock and beyond.
How are labor issues connected to housing issues? How does labor exploitation ramify in housing exploitation and vice versa? How can we think of struggles for housing, variously considered, as labor issues, and why should we consider them as such? What can labor movements learn from housing movements, and how can we think these movements together?
Artists and activists discuss the impact of 19th and 20th century racialized symbolism in the 21st century. The conversation will explore a range of responses from removing monuments to systemic racism from view to the renaming of institutions to visually contextualizing the founder of the United States or Confederate War Heroes as the slave-owners they actually were.
In recent months, debates about the Rhodes statue on High Street, raised by the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, have prompted broader questions about racism, curriculum change, and 'decolonisation' at Oxford. What has 'decolonisation' meant in the past, what does it mean today, and what should be done (if anything) to decolonise Oxford?